Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) Online at Montclair State University

Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) – ONLINE

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Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) – ONLINE

The Online Master of Arts in Child Advocacy and Policy offers students an applied course of study in child advocacy. As an emerging field, child advocacy includes an understanding of several disciplines: psychology, social work and law. The master’s degree offers advanced coursework focused on family empowerment, forensic interviewing, child abuse, families in crisis, child welfare and advocacy policy.

The Child Advocacy program provides students with a comprehensive view of the field of child advocacy and the requisite skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a child advocate working in myriad settings.

Along with the Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) online degree, the following options are available for graduate study: Child Advocacy and Policy (MA), Child Advocacy and Policy with a concentration in Public Child Welfare (MA), and Child Advocacy and Policy Certificate. Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

In order to gain admission into the program, students must meet the following criteria: bachelor’s degree, grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in their undergraduate major, an interview with a committee of faculty teaching in the program, and a writing sample to be completed at the time of the interview.

The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) – ONLINE program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement – Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?

An 11 course, 33 credit hour master’s program that provides a comprehensive view of the interdisciplinary field of child advocacy and policy and the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a child advocacy professional. Those students enrolled full time attend class year-round (fall, spring, summer) taking two, 7.5 week courses per semester. Students take one course at a time. Courses are taken entirely online. Career advising available. For more information, please visit the program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) ONLINE Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Emily Douglas
Dickson Hall